Category Archives: Safety

Shame, shame, eternal shame

Another mass shooting.  That makes 36 since Columbine (at least 36- I’m not sure I got them all).   Not to mention the literally hundreds of thousands of deaths – not of the mass variety – caused by guns in … Continue reading

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Why I’m opposed to vaccines for infants

As you have probably heard, there has been an outbreak of the measles at Disneyland in California. Cue the anger of the vaccine proponents – everyone from Melinda Gates to Dan Diamond, a contributing writer at Forbes, who wants to … Continue reading

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Just tryin’ to get us some peace

Once again, the bombs are flying over Israel and Gaza. On Facebook and Twitter, I see posts from friends weighing in.  Some feel Israel is to blame because of the living conditions and strong restrictions placed on the Palestinian territories. … Continue reading

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When you don’t have a real reason, just play the safety card

Last week my daughter and her friend met for lunch and then went to do some shopping at our local Goodwill store.   They have been regular and loyal customers of this store since it opened well over a year … Continue reading

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Talking to strangers

I have never understood parents who tell their kids not to talk to strangers.  Since 99.9% of the people you will encounter in life are strangers, this seems like really bad advice.   Rather than teaching kids to fear strangers, … Continue reading

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Why we should care about the sale of spray paint

Last week Maya and I were at Michael’s craft supply store in Manhattan, and standing at the checkout we saw a display of spray paint with a sign taped over it: Turns out that this law was one of the … Continue reading

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Free range in the city

Today Maya and her friends attended a Valentine’s Day dance.   Most of the kids who went were either fellow homeschoolers or former homeschoolers.   I suspect the age range was something like 11-18, with a handful of adults there … Continue reading

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Practicing empathy & compassion

I hesitate to say it, given the depth of the tragedies that took place in Boston & Texas (and some would say in the Senate) these past few days, but what has happened to our empathy and compassion? We have … Continue reading

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In this case, teach

My chosen topic for tonight’s blog was derailed by news of the abduction and subsequent murder of Leiby Kletzky.    Leiby, as I’m sure you all know by now, was 8 years old and walking home from his day camp alone.  … Continue reading

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Taking the risk

There’s been a lot written recently about our obsession with keeping our children away from anything that might be risky.   We try to protect them from the world, and in the process they learn to be fearful, creatively stunted people.   … Continue reading

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